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in afghanistan tonight john mccain and lindsey graham and joe lieberman. the senators say they're concerned the plans will undermine afghan morale and make it more difficult to beat back taliban forces. >> i know there is some concern among the afghans about the pace of the beginning of withdrawal of our surge troops. but we have tried to reassure everyone that the commitment that america has made, and the international community has made, to a free and independent afghanistan is strong and steadfast and lasting. >> senator mccain said some areas of afghanistan including kandahar, are definitely safer. >>> the news edge is everywhere at 11:00. a fire at a church sends one firefighter to the hospital and causes thousands of dollars in damage. the firefighter was hurt while batting the flames. flames were seen shooting through the roof. authorities believe it was caused by a lightning strike. >>> a fire gutted a straussberg, virginia church. happened saturday evening. parishers held services on the building's front lawn today. the outside of the building was not destroyed in the fire. the chu
the secret service is looking at who made up the fake hoax. >>> the american troops in afghanistan are spending independence day waiting to come home. three senate heavyweights are now questioning president obama's troop pull out plan. >> key senators are raising doubts about president obama's withdrawal plan for afghanistan. >> it is an unnecessary risk. >> i really do worry that this may have undercut the momentum, i hope i'm wrong. >> reporter: john mccain and lindsay gram call the strategy too risky. and said it could put both american troops and the mission in jeopardy. the plan which the president unveiled last month calls for pulling out 10,000 troops by the end of this year with another 23,000 gone by the end of next summer. >> i hope it will work out but it is certainly deprives us of the necessary troops we needed for the second fighting season. >> reporter: but the obama administration is standing by its plan saying success is on the ground, especially the killing of osama bin laden has made it possible. >> al-qaida is under more pressure than at any time since 9/11. >>
. in afghanistan, a group of american soldiers took this day to reenlist. america's 235th birthday. a day to stand up and be proud, even if you're sitting down. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> if you plan to celebrate the 4th here in d.c., here's the lineup for tonight. the capital 4th concert will begin at 8:00. the fireworks kick off around 9:15. we'll have a live report on that. that's coming up in our next half hour. the smithsonian metro station and most roads around the mall will be closed. so you might want to give yourself plenty of time to get there. you can also go to nbc washington.com for more details. >>> a day at the beach came to an early and abrupt halt at sandy point state park in maryland today. authorities say a young boy draund drowned after disappearing in the water. elaine reyes has more on what went wrong. >> reporter: at sandy point state park, the sights and sounds of summer are everywhere. on this july 4th holiday, there's also tragedy. >> there were some people with some earphones -- headphones, like scanning the water and everything. they had mentioned that some
halfway around the world. ♪ >> soldiers stationed in southeastern corner of afghanistan stopped to celebrate independence day. they took part in the flag raising so marty about -- ceremony complete with military ban. >>> meanwhile a massive manhunt for a service members missing in southern afghanistan. afghan police say a british soldier has been captured. the taliban is claiming the fighters captured and killed the service member but there's no immediate conference that -- confirmation. there is an extensive operation to find a soldier. >>> fox news confirming it that the hacker broke into the news sites twitter account this morning. the politics account reported the death of president obama. they send out a series of tweets this morning claiming the president had been assassinated in ottawa. fox news says it is investigating. the messages went out to more than 34,000 followers. >>> following breaking news this noon from orlando florida. that is where the jury in the casey anthony murder trial has just gotten the case and is beginning its deliberation. earlier today, prosecuto
barnard has more. >> reporter: in nearly 10 years of war in afghanistan and in iraq, more than 6100 u.s. service men and women lost their lives. multiply that countless times by the loved ones they leave behind. now a love story lending two of those families rising from the ashes of heartbreaking sadness. beneath the towering air force memorial overlooking the nation's capitol, on board the bus, appears a white stretch limo and in it, two families discard by war. >> chris picked the 4th. he tells me i'm his 4th of july. he picked the 4th and the location. >> i'm charming that way. >> yes, he is. >> reporter: it's the wedding of air force master sergeant chris and his bride danielle. in attendance, her two and his three which were. this -- and three children. >> it's not just about danielle and i coming together, but two families coming together. we have been through amazing tragedy. >> reporter: in danielle's bouquet of flowers, two photographs of spouses they lost in war. >> this is another way for me to have them with me and be a part of the day. >> reporter: air force technical ser
at the air base turned transit center for troops in afghanistan got a taste of home with a holiday cookout yesterday complete with hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. on board overseas, protecting our independence the troops also enjoyed games, live music, and, of course, fireworks, all to celebrate the fourth. and a little bit of what is that salsa? >> i don't know. whatever it is, it doesn't matter. it's fun. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station. >>> holiday cleanup. strong storms rolled through our region, knocked out power, took down trees, and even caused evacuations. we'll show you the damage left behind. >> first let's take a live look outside right now. at this hour, we have 73 degrees. seems calm out there, but it is warm and humid on this july 4th. good morning. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm karen gilchrist. it is monday, the 4th of july. even yang has the day off. more than 10,000 people waking up without power. more than 10,000 dominion power customers in northern virginia out of
are marking independence there around the world. this is the scene today in afghanistan. service members played -- raised the military flag while ban members play. general patraeus was meeting with troops in canada are. he will become the next director of the cia. a special celebration of 100 people in mount vernon. >> they are celebrating as brand-new american citizens. >> he is about to take a live changing step. >> i have always wanted to be a citizen of the u.s. >> today, 100 candidates from 41 countries became american citizens. including a 21-year-old army specialist just back from iraq. his dad came here from bolivia 20 years ago. the family now lives in alexandria. he passed his test in six and english. >> we want them to know not to stories, but the meaning of them. >> under oath they renounce allegiance to their old country and swore loyalty to their new. >> congratulations, your america's newest citizens. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america -- >> a. hart feldt pledge followed by a certificate of u.s. citizen -- a heartfelt pledge followed by so
and lindsay graham appeared together on fox news sunday from kabul, afghanistan. graham taking issue with president obama's more aggressive troop withdrawal timetable. >> it has created risk. it has changed the momentum. it is seen now as an effort to withdraw rather than transition. and i hope and pray this works out well. it came at a very critical time, and we will see what the future holds. >> if we don't succeed here and the taliban comes back into power, we'll be attacked again. and there could be no greater threat to our security and our freedom, the freedom that we celebrate on july 4th. >> reporter: melanie alnwick, fox five news. >>> the former head of the international monetary fund may have a political future in france. a new poll shows nearly half of those surveyed in france believe strauss-kahn should return to political life in france. 46% said no. the rest didn't answer the question. strauss-kahn is charged with sexually assaulting a manhattan hotel housekeeper. prosecutors say her credibility may now be in question. >>> a gaz
all over america. a tribute to our armed forces. >> my stepson is a marine. he's over in afghanistan, so we're just waiting for him to get home. >> floats and vehicles of all kinds. >> i'm driving around on the fourth of july in the middle of dc. life couldn't be better. >> many options to cool off. including some unusual ice cream from dallas. >> a chilly flavored ice cream bar. oh my gosh. after the parade, people headed over to the smithsonian folk festival. ♪ [ music ] where columbia was showcased. ♪ [ music ] the music was hot. the food was spicey. and throughout the celebration, folks did not forget the true meaning of a fourth of july. >> freedom. >> what is that? >> as simple as that. >> right now folks are taking a break. in about an hour, we'll have a concert beginning on the other side of the monument. it will feature military bands, of course at 8:00 we're going to have more information. we're also going to have another concert. that's on the west lawn of the u.s. capital and the fireworks around 9:15 or so. we'll be here and bringing you all the action. repor
david petraeus is spending his last independence day as u.s. commander in afghanistan at a re-enlistment ceremony in kandahar province today. he was confirmed to become the director of cia last week. >>> one more thing to be proud of the u.s. special olympics team and new cache of gold medals in athens, team usa celebrates the closing ceremonies of those games today. >>> it is now 7:09. back to savannah, willie, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather al has the morning off. let's get the weather from maria la rosa. what's the holiday forecast of you know what, a great july 4th for a lot of people, a typical july day. some showers and thunderstorms expected across the tennessee, ohio valleys, parts of the southeast as well and across the west, lots of sunshine. let's see how it's going to impact fireworks displays tonight. your evening forecast showing a few areas of showers and thunderstorms again in the tennessee southeast, tennessee valley in the southeast, also the northern plains. of course the big
for a little boyst in afghanistan. >>> natalie is off and amy robach is filling in. >> good morning. the there is no holiday for the senate today. as lawmakers discuss a deal to raise the nation's $14 trillion debt limit. republican leaders say they might consider eliminating some tax breaks provided there is no overall increase in taxes.ndon >>> liam experts say they may have to abandon the case against dominique strauss-kahn now they found the woman accusing him has a history of lying. the former head of the international monetary fund has beenmo released from house arre and due back in court july 18thr e. of workers are cleaning up an oil spill in the yellowstone river. a 12-inch exxon mobil pipeline ruptured on friday sending tens of thousands of gallons of oil gushing into the waterway. >>> prosecutors getting the final word today before jury deliberations on casey anthony's fate. the florida mother is accused in the death of her 2-year-old daughter more than three years ago. >>> our quick roundup of what has you talking online. people are searching the tragic death of a motorc
corner of afghanistan. they took part in a flag-raising ceremony complete with a military band to observe the fourth of july holiday, independence day. very nice. >>> taking a look at your all-important weather, this becomes very important. we have barbecues to talk about. can't have rain on the barbecue. severe storms are possible in the dakotas and parts of minnesota. there also could be flooding rains in missouri, maryland, and arkansas. firefighters in the desert southwest could get some help from monsoon rains. it always rained in seattle when i was growing up on the fourth. >> we should say folks in texas, it's very dry, looking for some rain. in colorado, northern texas, 10 degrees warmer than usual. seattle, seasonable in the mid-70s. chicago, detroit, minneapolis, mid-80s. i can deal with that. >> that sounds pretty good. >>> the calendar says it is the 4th but the scene on washington state's crystal mountain is confusing because record snowfall has extended the skiing and snowboarding season. >> hundreds of people are expected to hit the slopes over the holiday weekend. it's a s
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